Brooklyn College & Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Early College School
The STAR Early College High School opened in 2003 in partnership with Brooklyn College and the New York City Department of Education. The school offers students a rigorous and challenging, college-enriched curriculum, with a science, technology, and research themes.
STAR is one of seventy five early college high schools in the National Early College Initiative, funded in part through the Woodrow Wilson Early College and Gates Education Foundations. STAR extended to a middle school in 2007, changing its name to STAR Early College School, and accepted its first sixth-grade class in fall 2007. It became a full-service early-college school, 6-12, in 2009. STAR graduated its first high school class in 2007with 98 percent of its students having met or exceeded the assessment and state standards for graduation.
In support of students’ transition from high school to college, the Brooklyn College-STAR partnership, with the support of the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education, developed a multiyear transitional plan. This transitional plan gradually introduces students to college-going experiences and the demands of college coursework. It starts with introductory credit bearing classes in the ninth and tenth grades, and culminates in the eleventh and twelfth grades. As a result of this effort, STAR students are gaining real-world experiences through special seminar series, field investigation, research opportunities and internships, while earning a significant number of college credits.
STAR teachers are actively engaged with Brooklyn College faculty to develop, review and align curricula aimed at developing students’ skills and assisting them to make the connection between high school and college work. This partnership activity also connects and supports the efforts of the high school teachers and college faculty in their respective disciplines.